In Memory of
U.S. Army Private Elk Point, South Dakota
Union County

August 25, 1933 – December 14, 1952
Died in an Car Accident near Salinas, California


Norman Wilfred Trudo was born in Sioux City, Iowa on August 25, 1933, to Mr. Clifford Oscar Trudo and Mrs. Celia Alice Trudo. Norman had two brothers who preceded him in death; his third brother was Ronald. He also had a sister, Virginia (Trudo) Quam, twin nieces and a nephew. The Trudo family moved from Sioux City, Iowa, to Elk Point, South Dakota, when Norman was about 7 years old. He grew up mostly in Elk Point and attended school there. When Norman was 11, his brother, Leonard, who was later killed in action at Iwo Jima, wrote home to Virginia, talking about an old rifle he had given to Norman, saying:

Did Norman ever get a chance to use my old rifle? I told him he could have it if he took care of it. But if I know Mom she won’t let him use it. I say let the kid use it. He will get a lot of good use out of it that might help him in future days. I’m glad I learned how to use a rifle when I did….

Before he entered the service, Norman worked for a time at a shipyard in Napa, California. He enlisted in the U.S. Army at San Francisco, California, on August 13, 1952, and was sent to Fort Ord as part of Company A, 1st Infantry Regiment, 6th Infantry Division.

On December 14, 1952, just a week prior to when Private Norman Trudo would have completed his basic training, he was injured in a car accident near Salinas, California, and passed away in a hospital that same day. His body was returned to South Dakota, and he was buried in the family lot, presumably next to his brothers Wilfred and Leonard at the Calvary Cemetery in Sioux City, Iowa.

. This entry was respectfully submitted by Chantelle Rae Janke, 8th grade, Spearfish Middle School, Spearfish, South Dakota on July 28, 2004. The Leader Courier from December 18, 1952, an application for a SD veteran’s bonus, and Fallen Sons & Daughters of South Dakota in WW II provided information for this entry. Additional information and approval of profile by Virginia Quam, sister.